In keeping with the well established Girard style, this Old Vine Zinfandel is a beautifully balanced expression of unique terroir. There's a plethora of ripe red fruit from the old vines. Their natural spiciness is augmented by the judicious use of oak to add complexity. This is a silky, juicy zinfandel which will complement a wide range of foods. The natural acidity makes it a perfect foil to tomato based sauces as well as grilled meats.
"Ripeness and well-defined fruit are comfortably juxtaposed in this deep and very convincing young Zinfandel and the varietal's berry-like voice is given free play throughout. While moderately full-bodied, the wine is alive and balanced from beginning to end, and, if a bit given to last-minute acidity, it is built for improvement and has all of the right stuff in all of the right pieces to evolve nicely over the next half-dozen years."
"A fine Zinfandel, ripe and balanced. The wine shows concentrated wild berry, licorice, fruit liqueur, jam, bacon and spice flavors. Yet the richness is balanced with fine acidity and soft but intricate tannins, and the finish is dry. Drink now-2013 for freshness."
Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2008. This is the first bottle of wine I have purchased. The aroma is light and does not linger. To the taste it has reserve but natural flavor and flows smoothly upon the throat. The end has a slight wisp and tingle, with a light aftertaste that vanishes within seconds. To my naive expectations this wine is average to above average. For me, I must experience more in my journey into wine.